A mandatory meeting was held today by the Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC). Precinct Committee men/women voted on a Resolution to Censure Senator John McCain. The vote was overwhelming with 1,150 voting yes and 351 voting no.
The Maricopa County GOP’s resolution cited McCain’s criticism of the Party’s stand on the debt ceiling, gun rights, judicial nominees, as well as his defense of the Democrat’s position on amnesty and Obamacare.
McCain has been widely unpopular across Arizona, but over the years he has established a political machine known to crush any opposition.
Maricopa County is the most populous area in the state with Phoenix at its center. Maricopa County has been the stronghold for the Arizona GOP.
Maricopa County Republican Chairman A. J. LaFaro noted that McCain was censured also by the Mohave County Republican Central Committee on Jan 4, the Apache County Republican Committee on Jan 9, and the Maricopa County Legislative District (LD) 26 Precinct Committeemen rebuked McCain on Sept 9, 2013.
According to LaFaro, the MCRC resolution, drafted by LD30 Chairman Timothy Schwartz, is reflective of the growing dissatisfaction and discontent with McCain’s performance among grassroots Republicans in Maricopa County, Arizona and the U.S.
As leaders in the Republican Party, we are obligated to fully support our Party, platform, and its candidates. Only in times of great crisis or betrayal is it necessary to publicly censure our leaders. Today we are faced with both. For too long we have waited, hoping Senator McCain would return to our Party’s values on his own. That has not happened. So with sadness and humility we rise and declare:
Whereas Senator McCain has amassed a long and terrible record of drafting, co-sponsoring and voting for legislation best associated with liberal Democrats, such as Amnesty, funding for ObamaCare, the debt ceiling, assaults on the Constitution and 2nd amendment, and has continued to support liberal nominees;
Whereas this record has been disastrous and harmful to Arizona and the United States; and,
Whereas Senator McCain has campaigned as a conservative and made promises during his re-election campaigns, such as the needed and welcomed promise to secure our borders and finish the border fence, only to quickly flip-flop on those promises; and
Whereas McCain has abandoned our core values and has been eerily silent against Liberals, yet publicly reprimands Conservatives in his own Party, therefore
BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED that the Maricopa County Republican leadership censures Senator McCain for his continued disservice to our State and Nation, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that until he consistently champions our Party’s Platform and values, we, the Republican leadership in Arizona will no longer support, campaign for or endorse John McCain as our U.S. Senator.